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Laika Experience Now an Interactive Event

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 11:40 -- Nick Dager

As digital cinema technology evolves, the creative community is finding new ways to entertain and inform the public. As case in point opens next month when acclaimed animation studio Laika will present From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical Laika Experience. The special event will take place at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Globe Theatre from August 5-14 and is included in the price of admission to the theme park. Focus Features will release the latest Laika film, Kubo and the Two Strings, in U.S. theaters on August 19.

UniversalCityWalk Gets a Makeover

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 13:28 -- Nick Dager

UniversalCityWalk, Los Angeles' landmark urban entertainment complex that ushered in a generation of similar open-air destinations, is undergoing an elaborate revitalization as the pop cultural mecca embraces change to remain contemporary and fresh. Christie RGB Laser projection, Dolby Atmos immersive surround sound and Christie Vive speakers will be the technology at the heart of the revamped complex.

Ohio’s COSI Gets an Upgrade

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 13:24 -- Nick Dager

Closed from 2004 to 2014, the reopened Center of Science and Industry Planetarium in Columbus, Ohio draws more than 100,000 visitors annually. In its earlier incarnation, the planetarium used Evans & Sutherland’s Digistar 2 – state-of-the-art for its time – but with the reopening in 2014, it was time for the latest and best technology.

THG Brings Content Creation In-House

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 13:26 -- Nick Dager

A full-service design firm, The Hettema Group specializes in experiential entertainment projects such as theme parks, large-scale parades, live events, museums, destination resorts, and other state-of-the-art media-based attractions. Providing initial blue-sky concept designs through delivery of the entire experience, The Hettema Group offers detailed design and media production, on-site art direction and installation supervision.

Bouncing into 2016

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 16:53 -- Nick Dager

On New Year’s Eve, three iconic buildings in downtown Los Angeles will provide the canvas for a projection mapping display unlike anything seen before. Part of the third annual Grand Park + Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A., the breathtaking spectacle of morphing light, color, shape and sound will envelop—and sometimes appear to bounce between—the facades of City Hall, the County Hall of Records and The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and celebrate Los Angeles as it joins other cities around the globe in ringing in the New Year.

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Disney Dinosaurs

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 09:41 -- Nick Dager

The popular T-Rex Café at Disney Springs, formerly Downtown Disney Marketplace, at Lake Buena Vista, Florida is a monster-sized, Palaeozoic-themed restaurant that bills itself as a Prehistoric Family Adventure. The execution of the theme is extensive and spectacular, and certainly includes enough pre-historic atmosphere to stir the imaginations of dinosaur enthusiasts of all ages. Highlights include a vast and impressive crystal cave that constantly sweeps through a range of intense backlit colors and thickets of cretaceous jungle foliage around smoke-emitting tar pits. All of this provides a backdrop for the stars of the show, the cast of 23 fully-articulated animatronic prehistoric creatures that include such usual dinosaur suspects as tyrannosaurus rex, apatosaurus, triceratops, mastodons, and a woolly mammoth family, together with pteronodons and an 11-metre giant octopus suspended over the bar and the heads of the diners.

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